“Marshalls is delighted to have been invited to be a funding member of the Supply Chain Sustainability School from this year, acknowledgement of our industry leading work in this field. Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do at Marshalls and meeting our sustainable targets through our operations is just part of it. We truly believe in delivering sustainable solutions to the construction supply chain; be it through ethical trading in our international operations, innovative new product development that deliver real solutions to issues like water management or supporting fair working conditions at home through initiatives like the Living Wage.
“For us, the Supply Chain Sustainability School provides a common platform that is supported and driven by the major contractors in the UK that actively encourages SME’s to identify the key sustainability issues and delivers a simple, constructive and progressive solution to education and self improvement. It provides a collective voice to tackle major issues like the skills gap. It also lets us, as a manufacturer, understand and identify the topics that are important to our major contractor customers and their clients to allow us to further develop products and solutions to meet their own needs and sustainable targets.”
Chris Harrop, Director responsible for Sustainability
Founded in the 1880s, Marshalls is the UK’s leading manufacturer of hard landscaping materials for both the commercial and domestic end markets.
Marshalls prides itself on being a sustainable business, demonstrating a high degree of social and environmental responsibility whilst maintaining and developing its market position.
Marshalls aims to align its business values, purpose and strategy with the social, economic and environmental needs of its stakeholders, embedding responsible and ethical business policies and practices in everything it does.
Marshalls was the first company in the hard landscaping industry to belong to the Ethical Trading Initiative ("ETI") and is committed to the implementation of the ETI Base Code, pioneering the ethical sourcing of natural stone paving from India and China. Building on its work with the ETI, in 2013 Marshalls announced a 3 year partnership with UNICEF aimed at tackling child labour in India’s quarrying sector and furthering children’s rights in China and Vietnam.
Following its acceptance in 2009, Marshalls remains a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact ("UNGC") and its Group Marketing Director Chris Harrop is Chair of the UNGC UK network.
In addition, The Carbon Trust has reaccredited Marshalls three times. Since 2009, the Group has reduced its relative carbon footprint by more than 24 per cent and has made a commitment to reduce its carbon emissions by over 3 per cent per year until 2020. Marshalls remains the only organisation in the world to have carbon labelled its entire domestic range.
Marshalls continues to be a constituent member of the FTSE4Good UK Index and an active member of Business in the Community ("BITC").
In 2014, Marshalls is proud to have been accredited by the Living Wage Foundation as a Living Wage employer. Marshalls also received a "Very Good" in the BRE standard BES 6001 Responsible Sourcing of Construction Product Certification for each and every one of its concrete product and stone manufacturing facilities in the UK. Marshalls was the first business in its sector to receive this certificate under BRE’s new and more stringent standard.
Marshalls believes that the better our environment, the better we can be, and strives to create products which improve landscapes and create happier and healthier communities.